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1. Top Drawer: Song of a Sinner
2. Sensational Saints: How Great Thou Art
3. East of Underground: Smiling Faces Sometimes
4. D.R. Hooker: Forge Your Own Chains
5. Jang Hyun and Shin Jung Hyun: Twilight
6. T. Zchiew and The Johnny: Let Yourself Be Free
7. The Strangers: Two To Make A Pair
8. Damon : Don’t You Feel Me
9. Ellison: Strawberry Rain
10. Morly Grey: Who Can I Say You Are
11. Shadrack Chameleon: Don’t Let It Get You Down
12. Kourosh Yaghmaei: Hajm-e Khaali,
13. Ofege: It’s Not Easy
14. Ana Y Jaime: Nina Nana
15. Baby Grandmothers: Somebody’s Calling My Name
NA 5046 CD and 2 10″ LP. 2009.
Compilation produced, annotated and researched by: Egon
Liner notes by: Egon, except for the Ellison entry by Tim Perlich.
Restoration and remastering by Sean C., Traffic Entertainment Group, Boston.
Art direction by Matthew Boyd for Way Shape Form.
Download high res cover art here.
One of our favorite songs on Forge Your Own Chains is Damon’s “Don’t You Feel Me,” which you can listen to here. We liked it so much that we had to get Guilty Simpson and Oh No to rock their own interpretations of the song. These versions are only available on our Fan Club 45 for the release – available with select retailers until supplies run out.
Egon recently caught up with Damon in his Southern Californian beachside home (Damon’s done pretty well for himself – with original copies of his Song of a Gypsy selling for over $3000, we suppose it’s fitting):
Here’s an excerpt from Egon’s Forge Your Own Chains liner notes – Damon’s story.
Damon’s Song Of A Gypsy was the key chapter in the lonely story about the psychedelic record collectors that searched out the rarest of the rare privately pressed American albums in the mid 80s and early 90s and those that wanted to be like them. Damon’s musings on love, longing, melancholy and sorrow were spiritual fodder for a few; those not fortunate enough to own a copy of the album had to imagine the music contained within the textured, gatefold sleeve of the original Ankh Records album. Confounding descriptions such as “tranced out gypsy Arabian acid fuzz crooner psych with deep mysterious vocals, an amazing soundscape and excellent songwriting” (from the Acid Archives review of the album) didn’t help matters.
Though many have proposed a connection between this album and fellow Southern Californian psychedelic hero Darius’s self titled 1968 album, Song of a Gypsy really stands on its own, a homespun, funky psychedelic masterpiece. Darius’s album relied on the assistance of LA’s talented session musicians; Damon’s album sprang from its creators, independents all, and Damon’s unique, introspective songwriting and honest voice.
“Don’t You Feel Me,” released as one of the 45 RPM singles from this album simply because Damon liked the song the most, stands out in an album full of great songs. A powerful, triumphant celebration of the feeling of longing that the Portuguese call “saudade,” “Don’t You Feel Me” reaches from Los Angeles to the Mediterranean in its other-worldy sound and universal message.
Finally! We’re ready to announce the release of our foray into funky psychedelia – our Forge Your Own Chains comp is here, it sounds, looks and reads great.
You can now buy this album on Rappcats webstore in CD, LP and Digital Formats. The album is in stores around the world on 11.17.09.
Check out what the packaging looks like here. And check out a tune from the comp and our fan club 45 (available for a limited time only) while you’re there.
Yes, it’s our quote: “The best band with the weirdest name’s debut album has been expanded, repackaged, and reissued.”
Check out the way the LP version looks, above.
You can now grab the album in CD, 2 10″ LP and digital form at Stones Throw’s webstore by clicking here. These limited edition, silver-foil, old-school, “pasted-on” thick cardboard, gatefold CD and 10″ 2LP are limited to 1,000 pieces in each format, total. That includes promos and the copies that Egon files in the Now-Again archives. Get ’em quick, when they’re gone they’re gone.
I. Chapter One
II. Chit Chat
III. Better Days To Come
VI. Pipe Dreams
VII. Latin Illusion
VIII. Invisible Ink *
IX. The Woods
X. Weak Without Wine *
XI. A Broken Rose
XII. Space Echo
XIII. Egg & Spoon *
XIV. Soft Cheese
XV. Lament For Piano
* Exclusively available on this issue.
You can no longer buy this album on Stones Throw’s webstore. If you act quick, though, you might be able to find copies with other web and brick and mortar retailers.
After posting a link to Oh No’s promotional-only “music library” album, we were inundated with requests for copies. We sold a few in Japan, and we noticed that folks were discussing the lamentable rarity of the album on Stones Throw’s message board.
So, we’ve decided to do a limited run.
This CD – presented in an edition of 500 pieces – will be the only commercial release of the Oh No vs. Now-Again Music Library. Here’s your chance to get the multi talented producer/rapper/DJs take on the vast catalog of funk, soul and psychedelia contained in the Now-Again vaults. A total of 29 tracks.
The collection is presented in a “mini LP” package which includes a thick cardboard “tip on” sleeve. This CD will not be repressed.